Created multiple versions of a live CD for Windows which include: Virus Removal, File Recovery, File System Manipulation tools and more…
When I first saw a PE disk I was awed that you could almost entirely run the Windows environment from a CD without installing it to your hard drive. I began to immediately ask what it was named and learned that it was called Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment).
After I discovered what the name of the system was, I started looking for a way to create my own version. I started with Microsoft’s AIK (Automated Installation Kit) and experimented with that. I was able to install a portable version of Firefox into PE after I had installed the network drivers for the host computer.
Following FireFox I wanted a full desktop shell so I started looking for way to install Windows Explorer directly into the AIK PE. I had no luck but found BARTPE. I explored its capabilities but it did not have the features that I required, so I kept searching.
It was at this time that I discovered the WinBuilder project. After testing Winbuilder, I decided that it suited the project and have since made it my current PE creation tool.
The following are the three versions of PE that I build: Low RAM, for computers that have < 2GB of RAM, High RAM, designed for computers with 2-4GB RAM and Excessive RAM, which is for computers with 5+GB of RAM. Because PE runs from a RAM drive, each PE is built depending on how much RAM is required.
The Low RAM PE has a reduced System32 folder and only essential programs are added. In the High RAM PE, a full copy of the System32 folder is performed and all programs are added but are not stored in RAM upon the loading of the system; the programs are stored in a folder on the boot media outside of the WIM file. With the Excessive RAM version, everything that can be copied is copied and is stored in the RAM drive; all the files are stored in the WIM file for easier access by the system since RAM is not an issue.